Write It Out
Have your students write a short newspaper story or the introduction to the Ninevite Nightly News reporting on the sudden appearance of a mysterious Israelite prophet. Have them include quotes from Ninevites about how they feel about Jonah and the impact he’s making, and why they may or may not believe that he’s brought a divine message. This exercise, though a bit of anachronistic fun, will help your students see the story of Jonah from a more personal perspective. Remind them that, as Jesus pointed out, the Ninevites believed despite the lack of any miraculous signs. What does it take to reach people with the gospel today? Is the message itself enough, or do we need “gimmicks”?